Formula One

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    I enjoyed this race. Ferrari seemed like they were back to their old "we have no idea what we are doing" strategies as they did earlier in the season. Seb seemed to be back until his MGU-K gave up. We had some great battles in the mid field, first half felt like it just shot away, second half dragged a little more.

  • Typhoon Hagibis tore across Japan with even casualties. F1 racing is a small thing it impacted when compared to everything else, and the storm mainly only affected the qualifying which was postponed.

    But what a start from Bottas! I mean sure, Vettel made a mistake, but nevertheless Valtteri pounced to first place like some leopard in attack mode. Dominance after that, although Mercedes' pit stop strategies brought some excitement to the race. Were they gonna pit Bottas twice and Lewis only once? In the end, no, and after a long while the Finnish flag was behind the center podium. Great start to a Sunday here (started at 8 AM).

  • How did Ferrari managed to reach the end of the race without any penalties? Albon should have been 3rd. I really like Albon and am always praising him for being bold, but that overtake at the chicane was not right.

    Vetel with a clear false start and Leclerc was way off limits in the way he tried to shut down Verstapen. If it was just a bump, one could let it pass, but it ruined Verstapen's race.

  • Like an absolute scumbag, I placed a $1 bet on all of the Red Bull and McLearn drivers to win $500-1000 in the hopes that the typhoon made this a wet race and all the top teams crashed. Yea... that was way off the mark.

  • Leclerc end up being penalised with 5s for the incident and another 10s for staying on track with a damaged car.

  • Kimi's 40 today!

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  • Uuh, we've got some drama! Max just lost the pole because he didn't slow down during Bottas's crash right there in the end.

  • Didn’t he already have pole when Bottas crashed? Like wasn’t he ahead of Bottas?

  • Tricky penalty. In that situation his eyes would be on the apex of the turn, so I believe he probably didn't saw the flag. But it's somewhat justifiable.

  • The race started in an interesting fashion and remained like that for a good while, about half way through, with the speculative nature of everyone's different pitstop strategies, buuuuut in the end everything just became blaaaargh boring and then "get in there Lewis" scored.

  • We got a look behind the season 2021 curtain today.

    The car looks like a beast somehow. Those sides give it this sort of organic sense.
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    From 2021 onwards Formula 1 will have:

    • Cars that are better able to battle on the track
    • A more balanced competition on the track
    • A sport where success is determined more by how well a team spends its money not how much it spends – including, for the first time, a fully enforceable cost cap ($175M per season) in the FIA rules
    • A sport that is a better business for those participating and more attractive to potential new entrants
    • A sport that continues to be the world’s premier motor racing competition and the perfect showcase of cutting-edge technology

  • $175M cap is still HUGE but at least that levels the playing field more.

    The cars look futuristic but also kinda like an IndyCar too. Either way, I’m glad the racing is hopefully going to level out.

    No more pay to win mechanics lol. Patch that shit out.

  • Global Moderator

    Im really looking forward to 2021's season now! These new rules and more of a fair playfield will hopefully stop the two team front and give us some great battles through out. Still crazy amount of money, but still pretty sweet.

  • $175M limit is a dumb move. Significant amount of that money goes to salaries and travels. This will incentivize top teams to use cheaper hotels and maybe even pay less to the staff.

  • @ffff0 That money limitations are more focused on development. But even if that was true, that would still level the field.

  • So uhhhh. I think the US Grand Prix is live and free on YouTube. I could have sworn I read they were gonna start doing Twitch like Monday Night Football but maybe I remember that wrong. Fine by me regardless as I prefer YouTube. I filled out their survey about their viewing options in Canada being archaic and apparently Liberty Media is interested in modern options to view F1 so I'm glad they are listening to the fans worldwide.

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  • A neat victory from Bottas. And Hamilton got his 6th championship, no surprise there. Not the most interesting Austin GP this year somehow. I usually like it a lot. Ferraris got nothing on the race.

  • What a race at Interlagos! A bit of a bore till Bottas sadly DNF'd, but after that super intense restart things got CRAZY! Ferraris taking each others out like that, my God what a moment. Vettel was so upset that he couldn't help but shout in German in the radio at that instant. And after the second restart Albon's dreams came crashing down with that incident with Hamilton, brutal. But on the other hand Gasly got his first podium this weekend then. What a race to the finish line with Lewis! Sainz started the very last and finished at P4. Alfa Romeo did super well with Kimi and Giovinazzi at P5 and P6. A really intense and exciting end part of the race, loved it.

  • I could only catch about 20 laps because I had to go into work. Caught the highlights and I clearly missed a wild one.

    I honestly though Vettel might kill Leclerc backstage.

  • The more I think about it, Lewis Hamilton is one of the biggest gems our generation has.

    ESPN: Lewis Hamilton - Motor racing has gotten worse for underprivileged kids

    He wants to work with F1 and FIA to bring more opportunities for kids to get into Motorsport.

    I know every athlete gives back but not every debatable GOAT has a rags to riches story and stayed humble. Wayne Gretzky - rich kid, Kobe Bryant - rich kid. Mike Tyson has humble beginnings but got lost in the sauce.

    I think Hamilton is the type of person who will change the world by example. I see his eventual “retirement” being 24/7 productive work for the sport and for great causes. Sometimes he comes off as a rabble rouser but you kinda need that to make change in society.